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Kitcarlson

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I have a few early bentwood cases with flourish Singer oval decals. I purchased a restoration decal. The original decal was almost nonexistent, lost in prior varnish sanding. The restoration decal was improvement, but lacks detail and accuracy.

I found an open source drawing program called Inkscape. It works on most all computer platforms. It is a vector graphics program, similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw and others that cost. Vector graphics is ideal for generating artwork that can be easily scaled in size, or changed. It is also possible to work in layers, to manage colors, and other components.

Plan is to generate artwork, then have it printed on an Alps or other printer on decal paper. These are for restoration only, to replace very rough originals.

Work started by taking a picture of a good decal, then using it as a back layer. To keep things simple just working with gold and black. Plan is to improve skills enough to do Tiffany, and Pheasant.

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I use inkscape on a regular basis oh, it's a great program as an open source version of Photoshop.
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Steve,
I know where to get help. ☺

If my skills improve enough to make 1/4 of flourish, it can be flipped, rotated to other quadrants, speeding up process.

Things are slow now, learning methods to keep artwork non overlapping. Learning, forgetting.... just discovered old age. Hoping as work progresses, muscle memory of key actions will help.

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I'll have to check this out - thanks for passing this along.  I photo different art motifs from different sources when I travel and plan to use them as an inspiration for embroidery designs.  This sounds like a good tool to learn to help me organize and build upon my design ideas.
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Thanks very much for passing this along. Some of the reproduction decals are expensive. The Sphinx decal set costs about $75. It is very intricate but I’ll need to try out this program. A lot to the singer decals repeat patterns. Once you build up a library of design elements, it would probably get easier to reproduce decal sets. The big question is it worth the effort and time vs just buying what’s out there. Then the next issue is getting the metallic gold color reproduced so it looks decent. I hope to refurb a bunch of machines in the future so this may be an option if the start up time and printer investment would be worth it.
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unless you have metallic gold ink for your printer it will not look anything like the original decal. And metallic inks not only are expensive but only work in special printers. There are some companies that will print up your decal if you send your completed design in, but those are pretty expensive unless you use a bulk package. I have had some success in creating an original looking decal by making everything that was gold in the design clear with a black background. Then I gold leafed the area of the design on the machine and placed the decal on top of the gold leaf. This let the gold leaf show thru the clear areas giving you a very nice look. The kicker is making sure your black ink matches the black (or background color) of the machine.
If you look thru my posts i think i uploaded a pic of an old Davis machine that i created some decals for. The originals were gone and at the time i couldn't find a good representation of what was there.
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That is a clever way to handle it. How much does gold leaf cost?? And how do you apply it?? To the decal. You obviously need to put the gold leaf on the back of the decal. So how do you get that part of the decal to stick to the machine??
Have you ever seen the 1+ hour movie of the Scotland Singer factory tour. There is a part where they are making the decals. I’ll have to go back and see if I can make out what they are doing. They may be using some type of screen printing method with the gold paint for the decals. Maybe this is why they don’t have ridges around them like today’s decals seem to. I can’t remember exactly. Very great discussion. Thanks for sharing.
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The movie is called "The birth of a sewing machine"  dated 1938.

They used gold foil and stencils as I understand it.


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i don't know if its real gold leaf. but it looks just as good if not better than the original. Pretty inexpensive at Hobby Lobby. No I applied it directly to the machine. You have to know and layout exactly where you want the leaf to show. You can have some overage, thats what the black background is for. After applying the leaf, i clearcoated it with a few coats, just to set the leaf. Then you apply the decal over the leaf. Add lots of coats of clear, and sand down the edges of the decal. This should feather the edge into the clearcoats. Couple more clear coats, and polish and buff. The end result is a gold design with invisible edges and depth. I'm pretty sure this is not the same process that the companies used.
Hmmm stencils. If i had a good enough stencil, i would waste a whole lot less leaf and possibly be able to get an exact match on the decal. That's a thought.  this is a pic of the first one. you can see what happens when the blacks don't match in color.20180303_143109.jpg 

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There are a few ways to get gold, ALPS printer, Sunnyscopa film-fee metalic, Silhouette Cameo goldleaf.

My plan is to generate accurate artwork. The vector artwork will likely work for, printers, plotters, cutters, generation of stencils, and silkscreens.

I hope to migrate to original designs, once skills are developed. I have some prior experience with printed circuit board artwork, and 3D mechanical CAD. I retired about a decade ago, and find my skills have rusted, and software has changed and improved.

I have found many examples of Singer decal corrosion, turning green or black. Gold does not corrode. I also have an early bentwood case with non metalic tan/black decal ~ 1919.

Here is an example of a decal purchased, I think ALPS printed. It is acceptable, from Singer66decals.com.

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Kit, it may be my screen, but I don't see any issues with the black shades. Just a machine that got a lift it deserved!
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